Majorca is one of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea. It is a popular beach holiday destination for tourists from northern Europe because of its beautiful beaches, rugged and interesting coastline and famous nightlife.
Many artists and writers as well as tourists gather in the capital city of Palma and the southern beaches, but there is much more to see and do in Majorca than lie on the beach. In northern Majorca is the Serra de Tramuntana with the highest accessible peak of 1,364 metres, Puig de Massanella. The northern shoreline has many caves and cliffs in the rugged and undeveloped coast.
Pollenca is a town on the far north of Majorca. It was a Roman settlement and there are Roman ruins about seven kilometres from the town. In the 13th century, the modern town was founded by the Catalans to help ward off pirate attacks.
With its narrow streets from medieval times and buildings from the 17th and 18th century, it is a very charming town. It has a 13th century church, which was built by the Knights Templar. It has a 365-step stairway that is the main venue for a dramatic parade on Good Friday. There is a mock crucifixion at the top of the hill and Jesus’s body is taken down the steps and through the town. People are dressed in cloaks with masks and pointed hats and the whole ceremony is done with only the sound of a beating drum.
Alcudia is the main tourist attraction in northern Majorca. It has a large resort that is very popular for family holidays. There are 14 kilometres of beach and a well preserved 13th century old town that is surrounded by a medieval wall with a magnificent gate. To save the economy of the city, the harbour of Puerto de Alcudia was developed into a tourist destination for Europeans. There is a golf course, cycle and hiking trails and there are no vehicles in the old town. It is one of the most popular places for visitors to see in Majorca.
Escorca is on the northern shore of Majorca and is the gateway to the mountain peaks. Puig Major is the highest peak, but it is in a military zone, so the next highest is Puig de Massanella. Neither is for novice climbers.
The most important religious site in Majorca is in Escora. It is Monasterio de Lluc. Situated on the side of the highest peak and surrounded by gorgeous scenery it is worth visiting. The monastery was founded in the 13th century when a shepherd found a statue of the Virgin Mary, but the buildings are from the 18th century. There is a beautiful basilica, botanical gardens and spectacular views as well as a café for a relaxing drink.
Muro is on the northeast coast of Majorca and is famous for its beach and resorts. It is in the centre of the Bay of Alcudia. It is considered a good destination for the luxury traveller as there are many four and five star hotels there. Playa de Muro is a popular resort for families with young children, because the beach is clean and close to the hotels, and there are many water sports available.
Fornalutx is another charming town in the hills. It has a large plaza with cafes and shops and is surrounded by orange and lemon trees. It is a town that has won awards for eco-tourism and sustainable living. Nestled in the mountains, the beautiful stone buildings, old tower and the long bath of water which is channelled from the mountains make this a restful place for any traveller.
This article was written by Alan who runs a popular website abour Puerto Pollensa http://puertopollensa.org.uk/